Greif Bros. Corporation (GEF) versus Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl (NYSE:MPSX) Financial Comparison

Greif Bros. Corporation (NYSE: GEF) and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl (NYSE:MPSX) are both industrial products companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

48.8% of Greif Bros. Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.2% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.8% of Greif Bros. Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Greif Bros. Corporation and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Greif Bros. Corporation $3.42 billion 0.42 $447.50 million $1.63 34.39
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl N/A N/A N/A $0.12 150.01

Greif Bros. Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl. Greif Bros. Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Greif Bros. Corporation and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Greif Bros. Corporation 2.81% 16.17% 4.95%
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 2.69% 10.01% 2.48%

Risk and Volatility

Greif Bros. Corporation has a beta of 1.37, indicating that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl has a beta of 1.83, indicating that its stock price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Greif Bros. Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl does not pay a dividend. Greif Bros. Corporation pays out 103.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Greif Bros. Corporation and Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Greif Bros. Corporation 1 2 4 0 2.43
Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl 0 4 1 0 2.20

Greif Bros. Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $55.80, indicating a potential downside of 0.45%. Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl has a consensus target price of $17.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.56%. Given Greif Bros. Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Greif Bros. Corporation is more favorable than Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl.

Summary

Greif Bros. Corporation beats Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Greif Bros. Corporation

Greif, Inc. is a producer of industrial packaging products and services. The Company’s segments are Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services; Paper Packaging & Services; Flexible Products & Services, and Land Management. The Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services segment is engaged in the production and sale of rigid industrial packaging products, and services, such as container life cycle management, filling, logistics, warehousing and other packaging services. The Paper Packaging & Services segment is engaged in the production and sale of containerboard, corrugated sheets, corrugated containers and other corrugated products. The Flexible Products & Services segment is engaged in the production and sale of flexible intermediate bulk containers and related services on a global basis. The Land Management segment is involved in the management and sale of timber. As of October 31, 2016, the Company had operations in over 45 countries.

About Multi Packaging Solutions Intrntnl

Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited is a provider of specialty packaging solutions for the consumer, healthcare and multi-media markets. The Company operates through three segments: North America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s print-based specialty packaging solutions include premium folding cartons, inserts, labels and rigid packaging across a range of substrates and finishes, which are complemented by value-added services, including design, new product development and supply chain solutions. In addition, the Company provides supply chain services, such as vendor managed inventory (VMI), specific carton-by-carton scan ability and data, which enable the customer to track a product from manufacturer to end user. The Company’s packaging solutions utilize a range of substrates, including paper and paperboard, pressure sensitive labels, plastic and foil, and finishes, including ultra violet (UV) coatings, film lamination, stamping and embossing.

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